How to Stop Your Cat from Destroying Furniture

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Every cat owner knows the scene. You get up from bed one fine morning, and then you see the horrific sight: your beautiful sofa scratched by your kitty. If you do not stop your cat from doing this, then after some time the sofa will be fully scratched or worse, in tatters. It will be impossible for you to keep an eye on things as the furball does this crime only during nights when you are fast asleep. Fear not, there is a way to stop the cat scratching away your furniture. Before you know how to stop the animal, you should know the reason all cats scratch.

Why scratch at all

Scratching to your cat is a kind of exercise. It stretches the body's muscles and tendons. Every muscle from her neck and shoulders to her toes get exercised. Cats also scratch to leave their mark. The paws of a cat have scent glands. Scratching things releases several odors which mark the cat's territory. Felines use this social mores as a communication method. It does not matter that your cat is the only cat in the house. It will do so.

Scratching also helps to ensure better claw health. Regular scratching helps the cat to shed the outside nail husk periodically, thus keeping the claw healthy. Cats also feel good when they scratch. It relieves their stress and reduces the cat's chance of developing any unwanted behavior. Do not even think of declawing your cat. Unlike what the name suggests, the procedure is actually an amputation of the leg up to the animal's first joint. It is painful for any cat and decreases the kitty's quality of life. Declawing is regarded as cruel by many veterinarians and the process is banned in a number of countries.

How to stop the sofa from getting threaded

It is possible for you to persuade your cat not to scratch the sofa. Decide on and locate and then purchase many cat scratching posts. Buy some interactive cat toys too. This step is important. It is most important that you select the correct post as all of these will come to naught if the cat does not like its scratching post. The poster you buy must be a sturdy, tall, and strong one. It should be covered in the material which cats love to scratch.

Place the scratching posts strategically all around the house. Select places which your cat already likes, like the family room or near windows. Felines like to stretch in the same place where they enjoy a cat map. Place one scratching post near its regular sleeping place. Make the couch unattractive to the cat for scratching. Do this by tacking an aluminum foil on to the sofa.

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